Playoffs on the line as Mavs face Bulldogs in district finale
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DISTRICT 29-4A BASEBALL
WINNER TO ADVANCE AS FOURTH AND FINAL PLAYOFF TEAM, FAVES TOP RANKED SINTON AT BI-DISTRICT
Pearsall was in a do-or-die situation Tuesday evening, taking on Somerset in their district finale to determine the fourth and final playoff team from District 29-4A.
The winner of Tuesday’s contest would secure the final playoff seed in the district and earn a date with the number one state ranked Sinton Pirates at bi-district.
The Pirates are 27-1 and 12-0 in 30-4A and sit atop the Texas Baseball Coaches Association state poll in Class 4A.
The Mavericks had an opportunity last week to inch closer to that fourth place spot but dropped a 14-3 decision to Pleasanton, the top team in 29-4A, and a 2-1 contest to Devine Friday night.
“We lost a close one Friday night,” PHS Head Coach Ray Talamantes said. “It was very close game, we just made some base-running mistakes that came back to haunt us.
“We played well but just couldn’t get over those mistakes. Abram Garcia pitched a heck of a game for us.”
A five-run second and eight-run third did in the Mavericks in the loss to Pleasanton last Tuesday. The Mavs plated three runs on four hits but could not overcome the 13-run innings.
In their narrow loss to Devine, the Mavericks saw their lead slip away in the fourth as the Warhorses managed only two runs on 12 hits in the outing.
Tuesday night’s winner between Pearsall and Somerset will secure the fourth place spot at 5-7 in the standings. Pleasanton ran away with the league title with an 11-0 mark. Devine was second at 8-3 while Floresville finished third at 7-3.